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Family Gender Roles -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Flynn, Simone I.;

2009 / EBSCO


This article focuses on family gender roles. Sociologists study family gender roles as a means of exploring how gender is constructed and performed; how familial relationships are formed and maintained; and the ways in which the family unit affects society. This article explores the sociology of family gender roles in five parts: An overview of family gender roles and social roles in general; a description of social role theory; a discussion of the family studies field; an exploration of the ways in which sociologists apply social role theory to studies of family life and behavior; and an analysis of the issues associated with changing family gender roles. Understanding how sociologists conceptualize and study family gender roles is vital for all those interested in the sociology of family and relationships.